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Idealism and Realism: America's Foreign Policy


For two centuries, the United States balanced its expansionist ideologies with restraint born of realism. But that balance has tipped in recent years. This hour we'll look at the foreign policy that helped the country emerge as a world power, and the costs of abandoning realist roots. Plus we'll look at the future of American power in a world requiring adaptable leadership.


  • Sean Kay, director of the Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs, Ohio Wesleyan University; author of America's Search for Security